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  1. Comment on Answer Sheet California is overhauling sex education guidance for schools — and religious conservatives don’t like it in ~news

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    Religious conservatives can opt their children out of sex education, but some are still protesting heavily against new guidelines.

    Religious conservatives can opt their children out of sex education, but some are still protesting heavily against new guidelines.

    9 votes
  2. Comment on Somebody thought it was a good idea to put a touchscreen with kids games on my head in ~talk

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    Why not offer to switch seats with the mum and kid.

    Why not offer to switch seats with the mum and kid.

  3. Comment on What is the size of your smartphone? in ~talk

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    Yes, I bought bigger pants.

    Does it even fit in your pants?

    Yes, I bought bigger pants.

    1 vote
  4. Comment on Apple introduces 8-core MacBook Pro in ~tech

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    I actually like what they did with the keyboard. I used to have gear acquisition syndrome. Now you would have to pry my 2015 macbook pro out of my cold dead hands.

    I actually like what they did with the keyboard.

    I used to have gear acquisition syndrome.

    Now you would have to pry my 2015 macbook pro out of my cold dead hands.

    5 votes
  5. Comment on Apple introduces 8-core MacBook Pro in ~tech

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    Have you used a macbook for any extended period of time?

    Have you used a macbook for any extended period of time?

    2 votes
  6. Comment on Men Cause 100% of Unwanted Pregnancies in ~misc

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    If her knowledge is representative of the average American's, then Americas sex education is failing the country. According to the United Nations' 2013 report, only nine countries in the world...

    she's looked surprisingly little into vasectomies

    If her knowledge is representative of the average American's, then Americas sex education is failing the country.

    According to the United Nations' 2013 report, only nine countries in the world have a higher reported abortion rate than the United States.

    Seems like the two might be related.

    3 votes
  7. Comment on Men Cause 100% of Unwanted Pregnancies in ~misc

  8. Comment on Men Cause 100% of Unwanted Pregnancies in ~misc

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    This article is... thought provoking, but also provokes anger and ridicule. No mention of the morning after pill. Also not pleasant, I'm sure. No, they are not. They are 98% effective under...

    This article is... thought provoking, but also provokes anger and ridicule.

    The pill requires consistent daily use and doesn’t leave much room for mistakes, forgetfulness, or unexpected disruptions to daily schedules.

    No mention of the morning after pill. Also not pleasant, I'm sure.

    I mean, condoms are magic!

    No, they are not. They are 98% effective under perfect conditions but only 85% effective in practice.

    the pull-out. It doesn’t protect against STDs, it’s an easy joke, and it’s far from perfect. However, it’s 96% effective if done correctly, and 78% effective in practice.

    Terrible advice, unless you are in a committed relationship. Who knows what will happen in the heat of the moment.

    Would you be on board with having a handful of men castrated to prevent 600,000 murders each year?

    Castration? Not vasectomy? Really?

    All males in the U.S. could get a vasectomy when they are ready to be sexually active. Vasectomies are very safe, highly reversible

    Terrible advice. Pregnancy rates after vasectomy reversal will range from about 30 percent to over 90 percent, depending on the type of procedure.

    9 votes
  9. Comment on Men Cause 100% of Unwanted Pregnancies in ~misc

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    The author covers that, by claiming 39% of required payments are not made.

    The author covers that, by claiming 39% of required payments are not made.

    2 votes
  10. Comment on Julian Assange: Swedish prosecutor requests detention of WikiLeaks founder in ~news

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    Assange holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy out of the stated fear that once in Sweden, extradition to the USA would be more likely, where Assange fears the death penalty. Yet both the UK & Sweden...

    Assange holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy out of the stated fear that once in Sweden, extradition to the USA would be more likely, where Assange fears the death penalty.

    Yet both the UK & Sweden are bound by the same EU law to extradite, but only if the death penalty is off the table.

    I'm at a loss to understand what he gained. The last year he had no access to internet, and was basically self-imprisoned inside a single room.

    3 votes
  11. Comment on Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 6 Discussion in ~tv

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    The ending, where everyone unanimously agreed on who would be king, was completely incongruous with what went before. The entire premise of the book is based on the simple fact that everyone wants...

    The ending, where everyone unanimously agreed on who would be king, was completely incongruous with what went before.

    The entire premise of the book is based on the simple fact that everyone wants to be king, and that there are a lot of back room machinations regarding heritage to the crown.

    It's not an implausible ending, but I think it needed more depth that one speech from Tyrion and Sansa telling that dude to sit down.

    18 votes
  12. Comment on Hierarchical Tags: How They're Used and Working Toward a Community Standard [Draft Part 1] in ~tildes

  13. Comment on Hierarchical Tags: How They're Used and Working Toward a Community Standard [Draft Part 1] in ~tildes

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    I get easily confused. Can you do my tagging for me?

    someone else who does understand tags can apply the tags for you.

    I get easily confused.

    Can you do my tagging for me?

  14. Comment on The Race is on to Make the Next ‘Game of Thrones’ in ~tv

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    This reminds me of the huge spike in wanna be independent movies, after Pulp Fictions phenomenal success. Game of Thrones subverted expectations by killing off the main central character that...

    When “Game of Thrones” was being developed, HBO was skeptical — really skeptical. The original pilot fell so flat with executives they ordered much of it reshot.

    The show nearly didn’t end up on the air.

    When it did, few expected it to be a mainstream hit

    That feat is hard to replicate

    The most original shows come, almost by definition, from left field, developed without the weight of network hopes or the baggage of viewer expectations.

    “The next 'Game of Thrones’ won’t be anything like ‘Game of Thrones,’” said the executive who has worked on event-television projects, which makes all quests to find it urgent and all articles about them, including this one, eventually superfluous.

    This reminds me of the huge spike in wanna be independent movies, after Pulp Fictions phenomenal success.

    Game of Thrones subverted expectations by killing off the main central character that everyone loved. It was stunningly different and original. At least for most folks who had not read about the books. Yet media executives constantly want to churn out more of the same, because that is the safe bet, when there really is no formula for success.

    17 votes
  15. Comment on Citrus Farmers Facing Deadly Bacteria Turn to Antibiotics, Alarming Health Officials in ~science

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    “What’s in the industry’s best interest will win out over public safety nine times out of 10,”

    1 vote
  16. Comment on Data shows “Game of Thrones” is taking a historic critical nosedive in ~tv

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    IMDB's ratings work well for me. If it rates below 5.7, as the bottom third of all titles do, chances are I will truly dislike it (55%). If it rates 7 or above, as the top third of all titles do,...

    IMDB's ratings work well for me.

    If it rates below 5.7, as the bottom third of all titles do, chances are I will truly dislike it (55%).

    If it rates 7 or above, as the top third of all titles do, there is a significant chance I will like it (65%).

    1 vote
  17. Comment on Data shows “Game of Thrones” is taking a historic critical nosedive in ~tv

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    Have you performed any sort of analysis? Anecdotally, I've found three factors to be fairly good predictors in terms of if I will like a movie. Is it highly rated by IMDB (number of votes and...

    being incredibly familiar with IMDB and its rating system I can say that it's a terrible metric to use.

    Have you performed any sort of analysis?

    Anecdotally, I've found three factors to be fairly good predictors in terms of if I will like a movie.

    1. Is it highly rated by IMDB (number of votes and average score of votes?)
    2. Is it highly rated on Rotten Tomatoes (average rating of all critics?)
    3. Is it in my wheel house?

    Incidentally, John Wick 3 is currently sitting at 7.48/10 average rating of all critics on RT - so I am very excited.

    8 votes
  18. Comment on Is there an app for this? Help me fix my terrible security in ~tech

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    Good security is like avoiding spam. All you need is one weak link with your information, and your information is out there. And I don't follow best practices with passwords either. Yet I still...

    Good security is like avoiding spam.

    All you need is one weak link with your information, and your information is out there.

    And I don't follow best practices with passwords either.

    Yet I still have a semi irrational fear of putting my SSN on google, or emailing out my DOB or images of my passport/drivers license.

    1 vote